Plano oldest home Collinwood

This 1861 Gothic revival in west Plano is the house-that-no-one-wants. Photo courtesy of Cody Neathery/Instagram.

I’m not speaking in hyperbole when I say they’re practically giving away this 3,200-square-foot home in far west Plano, located at 5400 Windhaven Parkway near the Dallas North Tollway. Admittedly it’s not move-in ready, but the Collinwood House’s motivated seller is throwing in a quarter of a million dollars to make sure this rustic beauty really moves. I should tell you that the Collinwood House, built in 1861, currently sits on a future city park site, so you’ll have to move it yourself. Not your belongings, but the actual house.

What sounds like a comic nightmare for a Realtor (or a professional stager) is the latest tumultuous chapter for the oldest-known home in Plano that’s become a money pit the city can’t shed.

In this latest stay of execution in May (one of many reprieves in recent years), Plano solicited proposals for taking ownership of the Collinwood House, offering the would-be owner $250,00 in budgeted city funds to properly relocate the home onto their own land, preferably somewhere in Plano. That’s better than deconstruction, or documenting materials as they are removed and demolished from the home, which has been on the table for years.

More than a dozen people showed up for the open house in mid-May, offering the public a rare glimpse at this relic. Haggard Enterprises (remember that name) submitted the only proposal bid, which has not yet been awarded, according to city documents on the public bid platform BidSync.

It seems the-house-that-no-one-wants remains in limbo, which means if Plano can’t find a qualified bidder, this 1860’s relic could soon be dismantled for scraps.


All photos courtesy of Plano Magazine.

All photos courtesy of Plano Magazine. Photos by Jennifer Shertzer.

The Collinwood House is the oldest structure still standing in the city of Plano, and it faces demolition to make way for a structure in a new park.

The 1860’s era house sits on city land being developed for a 124-acre park, which will include hike-and-bike trails, a dog park, and parking spaces. Plano officials are planning to tear down the Collinwood house to build a recreational pavilion.

The only thing that can save the historically significant house at 5400 Windhaven Dr. is if Plano City Council intervenes.

Collinwood House

Original hand hewn timbers and square nails peek out from under the brick skirting added in the 1940s; Concentric tree rings can be seen, accentuated by weathering at the ends of the two timbers.

“The Collinwood House is an extremely significant house due to the fact that it is the oldest house remaining in Plano dating back to the 1860s, still sits on its original site, and is an outstanding example of the rare Gothic Revival style of residential architecture,” said David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas. “The city of Plano has been progressive in other areas of historic preservation in the city and hope that can extend to saving the irreplaceable Collinwood House—they have a great treasure with the Collinwood House and they need to work to save such an important piece of Texas’ history from being lost.”

Candace Fountoulakis, a board member for Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, has been very involved in efforts to save this property. There have been multiple calls from the Plano City Council for RFPs, none of which have been accepted.

“The more we learn about it, the more we find out it’s a unique, rare, and special look into that era of Plano’s history and we don’t have anything like that left,” Fountoulakis said. “ It’s a huge learning experience, a picture of early frontier history and when you stand in there and look at it, it’s a visceral experience.”


Easy Slider Food Truck is one of the vendors interested in the proposed Plano food truck park. Photo: Miley Holmes

Easy Slider Truck is one of the vendors interested in the proposed Plano food truck park. All photos: Miley Holmes

Plano is one step closer to getting a food truck park this week with the approval of a special use permit and preliminary site plan by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Hub Streat, the proposed food truck park and restaurant concept, is slated to sit at the corner of 14th Street and M Avenue on a vacant 1.6-acre piece of land just east of downtown Plano. The proposal passed unanimously and will go before city council for final approval soon.

Hub Streat will be anchored by a restaurant created from former shipping containers with space surrounding it for two or three food trucks, live music and entertainment, and seating.

James West, founder and president of Hub Streat, told the P&Z commission, “What I’m trying to do here is take several facets and put them in one venue, and part of that is the food trucks, because they attract a lot of excitement.”

Easy Slider Truck was one of the early arrivals on the Dallas food truck scene, and co-owner Miley Holmes said if the Plano food truck park becomes a reality, her teal, stars-and-stripes truck will be there.

“We are super excited—Plano is a tremendous market for us,” she said. “We have a permit to operate there and we visit offices and schools and other events already. People are hungry for food trucks there and we’d love to be a part of it.”